Copernicus System Operations Engineer - VN20 14

  • Company: EUMETSAT
  • Job Location: Darmstadt - Germany
  • Date: March 26, 2020 21:44
  • Employment Type: Any
  • Experience: Any
  • Job Functions:

    Engineering, Information Technology

Job summary

We are currently looking for an experienced System Operations Engineer to join our international team of inspiring engineers and industry professionals, tasked with driving innovation within the Space, Satellite and Earth Observation sector.

Job description

This role is rooted in EUMETSAT’s commitment to the European Union's Copernicus Earth observation programme and will provide the opportunity to work with leading IT, Space and Earth Observation organisations and domain experts and to make a positive impact on society!



Copernicus is the European Union's Earth observation programme, coordinated and managed by the European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and EUMETSAT. Its current and future missions are tasked with delivering high quality, wide range Earth observation services providing information to, among other things, improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure civil security.

The System Operations Engineer supports the operations of EUMETSAT’s Copernicus space and ground segment systems. The initial focus is system operations engineering for the Copernicus Sentinel-3 (S-3) ground segment and systems, including the operations preparations for the recurrent spacecraft (S-3C & S-3D). The position will also provide system operations engineering support to other Copernicus missions.



  • System operations engineering and coordination of the operations of the S-3 spacecraft and ground segments, covering the Flight Operations Segment (FOS), Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) and Multi-Mission Elements (MMEs);
  • Coordination and execution of the Operations Preparations activities for the S-3C and S-3D Satellites and evolutions of the S-3 ground segment;
  • Support to the end-to-end service monitoring and reporting for S-3;
  • Coordination of S-3 ground operations with external entities, including ESA and CNES, in relation to the interfaces and associated documentation;
  • Contribution to the definition of the system operations concepts (including satellite and ground segment) for the future EUMETSAT Copernicus programmes;
  • Participate in anomaly analyses, engineering change requests, and investigations relating to system operations;
  • Support the Copernicus Operations Team Leader as back-up for management and coordination activities.


What we offer

  • Excellent salary, of up to Euro 6,500 NET (after tax) based on skills and experience
  • Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave
  • Full medical coverage for employee and family
  • Attractive pension
  • 30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays
  • Training and development support
  • Relocation allowance and support (if applicable)



  • University degree or equivalent in an engineering or scientifically relevant discipline, e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Remote Sensing, Telecommunications, Software or System Engineering.


Skills and Experience

  • Proven experience in developing, testing and/or operating real-time space or ground segment systems;
  • Experience of real-time ground segment systems monitoring;
  • Thorough understanding of geographically distributed systems operations, including networking, distributed applications, and interactions with external operations entities;
  • Knowledge of Earth Observation data processing systems;
  • Experience of project / technical management;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a proven ability to apply these to interactions within a team and between internal teams and external entities;
  • Some experience on projects with international cooperation will be a distinct advantage.


More about us

EUMETSAT’s role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT can recruit nationals only from the 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom).

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